Carnegie Greenaway Double
Author Patrick Ness and illustrator Jim Kay have been awarded the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Award for A Monster Calls, the first time one book has won both prizes in the 56 year history of the awards.
Ness also won the 2011 CILIP Carnegie Medal for Monsters of Men, making him the only author to win on consecutive years, and only the second author to win the prize twice.
Ness said “It’s extremely humbling – and a little unnerving – to win the CILIP Carnegie Medal two years in a row. I also can’t tell you how happy I am that not only has the extraordinary work of Jim Kay been recognised, but that this will all help keep people reading and talking about the wonderful Siobhan Dowd.”
A powerful novel about coming to terms with loss, Ness created the tale from the final idea of 2009 Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose early death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.